Miffy Posted 17 November , 2013 Share Posted 17 November , 2013 I'm very much hoping someone can help me find where to look next in the search for my great-grandfather's information. As part of a family tree search we've recently discovered that he was awarded the Military Medal during WWI and have been researching more information on this. We've found quite a bit of information already, such as his service dates, the date he was awarded the MM, the Gazette entry announcing the award, his medical discharge date and reason, the date he was awarded his medal while in military hospital, even who it was presented by and at what time! We have come to a complete stop in trying to find out why it was awarded though and have no idea where to look next. The information I have so far is as follows:- Pte J Field of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (the J is for John) Service number: 18787 Gazette info: issue 30340 16/10/1917 Gazette page: 10719 The medal was awarded on 18 October 1917 and actually presented to him in October 1918 while in hospital in Northants after being brought home suffering from pneumonia and nephritis, which we are assuming was trench nephritis. We also have a copy of a letter from Northern Command advising the War Office of the date and time on which the presentation would take place but stating in it that the reason/act leading to the award was not known to them. We do not have any note as to whether the War Office replied to fill in the details. We have a copy of the Medal record showing that he was in the OBLI 6th (service) brigade at the time it was awarded and based on that we've been able to pretty much trace where he was involved and when. We've not managed to locate any information as to why the medal was awarded or in relation to what battle, beyond the standard description of being for bravery in the field. Does anyone know where we can go next to try and find out the rest of his story as the discovery of his war record has come as a total shock to my mum who had no idea her grandfather was on the front line let alone having received a medal for gallantry. Any help is greatly appreciated. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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